In all fields of human endeavour, the most successful will almost always have one thing in common – passion. For anyone who wants to achieve a goal, being passionate about its achievement will ensure that your chances of success are vastly improved.
Of course, passion alone is not enough to be successful. You need to plan and evaluate carefully, implement efficiently and operate effectively as well, but doing all those with passion will ensure your project reaches the desired conclusion.
Remember, it is possible to be passionate about the wrong product, the wrong process or even the wrong person which is why passion alone will not guarantee success.
It is not difficult to relate these thoughts to the context of your business.
Being passionate about our businesses gives us the energy to maintain the effort required to keep progressing irrespective of the problems that the business may be facing. If you don’t have that passion, make this week the week you start to love your business again.
There can be a number of reasons for the passion to have waned. Here are a few suggestions to reignite the spark.
But first, consider whether the goal really is your goal. If it’s someone else’s goal that you have “volunteered” to achieve, losing the passion is a common outcome. You will need to revisit your original motivation to decide if persevering is ever going to lead to success – maybe an exit plan is preferable.
How clear is the goal? It is hard to be passionate about a vague, hazy outcome. You need to be very clear about the desired outcome and what that means for you. As much as it pains me to say this, the numbers are not the real outcome – you need to be clear about what the numbers mean for you and your life for the goal to inspire the passion.
Is your goal age-appropriate? A goal that may have been inspiring 10 years ago may not be desirable now. Look for a variation of the original goal that does still inspire you and get going!
Do you fear change? Achieving any goal is going to require change and you need to accept the inevitability of change. The world is changing and unless you change, you will be left behind. If you have to change, do it passionately. Welcome the opportunities and work with these as that will be a lot less effort than resisting change.
Living passionately will enhance your life and help you achieve success. Injecting that passion into your business will improve your chances of success there too.